WA State Department of Ecology

Contact Information

300 Desmond Dr SE
Lacey, WA 98503 - 1274
(360) 407-6946
FY 2016 AmeriCorps State and Territory Commission Fixed and EAP (New and Cont)

Executive Summary

The Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) proposes to have 285 AmeriCorps members (young adults and military veterans) who will complete the following: 1) remove invasive species and install native plants to improve habitat for fish and wildlife, 2) increase access and safety through construction or improvement of trails 3) reduce the risk of floods and wildfires through forest health management and 4) assist in disaster response. Environmental service activities will be completed in 18 Washington counties: Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Lewis, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston, Walla Walla, Whatcom, and Yakima. Disaster services will be completed nationwide, through CNCS mission assignments. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for treating 4,000 acres and improving 1,200 acres of public lands (performance measure EN4), constructing or improving 400 miles of trails (measure EN5), leading service learning projects for 10,000 students, and assisting 200 individuals during disaster response (measure D2). At least 9 of our AmeriCorps members will be Gulf War Era II military veterans (measure V2). In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 8,000 volunteers who will be engaged in completing environmental service projects for a total of 30,000 hours of volunteer service.

This program will focus on the CNCS focus areas of disaster services, environment (21st Century Service Corps), and veterans and military families. The CNCS investment of $1,823,920 will be matched with $9 Million, $7 Million in public funding and $2 Million in private funding.

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